Chiefs unveil red jersey choice for Super Bowl amid white jersey winning trend

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The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs have had slightly more success in their traditional red jerseys than white jerseys in Super Bowl appearances during the franchise’s history.

The Chiefs have won three Vince Lombardi trophies. The team holds a 2-1 Super Bowl record in their red jerseys, with wins coming over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV and the San Francisco 49ers in Super LIV. Kansas City suffered a loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV while donning the red jerseys.

Last year, the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl while wearing their white jerseys. For next week’s game in Las Vegas, Kansas City has elected to wear their red jerseys.

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A detail shot of a Lamar Hunt AFL patch on the jersey of Tommy Townsend #5 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

The Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LVII marked the 16th time in the last 19 Super Bowls that a team won while wearing their white jerseys. 

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The designated home team is given the first choice of jerseys. The Eagles received the home team designation last year and decided to wear their traditional green jerseys.

The NFC and AFC alternate years as the home conference, which meant the Chiefs were scheduled to receive the home team designation for this year’s game. The team picked their red jerseys.

Vince Lombardi trophies on display at Arrowhead Stadium

The Vince Lombardi trophies won by the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 4 (IV), 54 (LIV) and 57 (LVII) and Super Bowl LIV jersey and helmet of quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and Super Bowl LVII jersey of center Creed Humphrey (52) at the Chiefs Hall of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium on December 25, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

While the 49ers will wear their white jerseys next Sunday. The Niners franchise already has five Super Bowl trophies, but the team’s last championship happened 29 years ago. But, history will be on the team’s side heading into this year’s Super Bowl — at least as the jersey trend is concerned.

The Buccaneers made the somewhat surprising decision to wear their white jerseys in Feb. 2020 during the Super Bowl against the Chiefs, despite being the first team in NFL history to play the big game at their home stadium.

San Francisco 49ers jersey

A patch is seen honoring John Madden on the jersey of Christian McCaffrey #23 of the San Francisco 49ers prior to a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on November 23, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The 2011 Green Bay Packers and 2018 Eagles are the only two teams, aside for the Chiefs, to win one of the last 19 Super Bowls in their home jerseys.

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As of Tuesday, the Chiefs are 1.5-point underdogs in Super Bowl LVIII. 

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